Understanding the Difference Between a Div and Span

Introduction to Div and Span Tags

One of the most commonly misunderstood HTML tags is the <div> tag. It is often confused with a <span> tag, but they are not interchangeable. Understanding when to use one or the other can help you create well-structured and semantically correct code that will validate in W3C standards mode. In this blog post, we’ll explore the differences between these two very important tags so that you can make sure your coding is up to par!

What is Div tag?

A div tag is a block-level element with the purpose of dividing up your content. It creates an independent container for other smaller elements like text, images, and tables to be included in. The best part about using this type of element is that you can easily change its style or size without affecting anything else on the page!

What is Span Tag?

The span tag will often do what a div does; it just doesn’t work as well because they are inline-level tags instead of block-level ones. Since they’re within paragraphs, headings, lists, etc., their padding won’t work right, and styling them becomes difficult when there’s more than one paragraph since margins between these types of blocks stack on top of each other.

The span tag comes in handy when you want to do things like change the color of a phrase or provide alternate text for an image.

You can use either one but it’s important that they are used properly so that your code is clean and validating with W3C standards mode. Using them interchangeably will create messier, less readable code which can affect how fast pages load!

Since div tags are block-level elements while spans are inline-level, we recommend using divs over spans whenever possible as long as you’re not trying to put something inside a paragraph. Divs have more functionality than just separating content since browsers know where the opening and closing tags go: if there was only empty space on each side of the element, the browser will think it’s part of a paragraph.

What are two important differences between Div and Span Tags?

One key difference is where each element should be placed on your page – either outside which creates an independent container, or inside as one part of another block-level element:

* DIV content goes after P content because they form separate containers with individual styles

* SPAN content goes before P content because they are part of the same container with shared styles

The second difference is what each element adds to your page. A div tag creates a new block-level container, while a span tag encloses just one item.

Why should you use Div and Span Tags?

Block elements like DIV or SPAN can be used to add style definition for design purposes without affecting other parts of the site’s layout: Div content goes after P content because they form separate containers with individual styles – you can change their size, margins, border-radius, etc., but it will not affect any other items on the page; Spans go before P contents as part of a parent block in order to give them some specific styling (color, font, background color, etc.) – but it will not affect any other items on the page.

Code Examples

Code example of Div Tag:

<div style="background-color:violet">

 <h3> Welcome to TutorialMastery </h3>

 <p> This article is about DIV and Span HTML Tags </p>


Code example of Span Tag:

<p>Welcome to 

<span style="color:violet">TutorialMastery</span> 



In this blog post, we discussed the differences between div and span tags in HTML. Now you know the difference between div and span tags, which one to use when and where on your page they should be placed.

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